Monitoring the Impact of Health Care Reform in Massachusetts, Phase 3


The health care reform plan implemented in Massachusetts two years ago has yielded some impressive results. The survey conducted in the previous phase of this Fund-supported evaluation found that the state's uninsured rate was cut nearly in half at the end of the plan's first year, and residents saw a signficant drop in their out-of-pocket expenses—all without any evidence of private coverage "crowd-out." In phase 3, the evaluation team will assess the reform's first- and second-year impact on insurance status, access to and use of health services, and out-of-pocket spending, particularly for uninsured and low- and moderate–income households. New survey questions will examine the early impact of the individual mandate, as well as new coverage programs and insurance-purchasing mechanisms created by the law. Cofunding will continue to be provided by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
The Urban Institute
Principal Investigator:
Sharon K. Long, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 15, 2008

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